(Video) Wayne Pacelle, President of @HumanSociety @ #GenesisAwards

Hollywood Celebrates Animal Protection Group’s “Oscar®
Night” for Animals and the Media

It was a winning night for all animals as the news and entertainment media were
honored for their reporting and portrayals of animal protection issues in 17
major award categories at The Humane Society of the United States’ 25th
Anniversary Genesis Awards on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency
Century Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif.




Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report won the Sid Caesar Comedy
Award for satirizing bullfighters. HBO’s True Blood picked up Outstanding
Dramatic Series for a unique storyline about a shape-shifter abused through
dogfighting. The Oprah Winfrey Show took the Outstanding Talk Show award for two
animal-themed shows spotlighting Japan’s dolphin slaughter, elephant poaching
for ivory, and pet overpopulation. DreamWorks Animation’s box office champion
How To Train Your Dragon received Outstanding Feature Film for its inspiring
message about tolerance and respect for all living creatures. And the honors for
Outstanding Feature Documentary went to The Elephant in the Living Room for its
fascinating and disturbing look at exotic pet ownership. The documentary opens
in Los Angeles and New York on April 1.


In the world of TV news and print journalism, the winners
included ABC’s Nightline for an undercover investigation into dairy cow abuse at
a factory farm; CBS’ The Early Show for highlighting an anti-shark finning
campaign by shark attack survivors; KTLA News at 10 (Los Angeles) for a series
of investigative reports into dogfighting, puppy mills and abuse at a chicken
hatchery; National Geographic Magazine for a profile of a major trafficker in
endangered species; and the Los Angeles Times for a column questioning the
ethics and educational value of keeping marine mammals in captivity.


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25th Genesis Awards

The Wyler Award, one of the evening’s most prestigious awards, named
after late Genesis Awards founder and HSUS vice president Gretchen Wyler, was
presented to Sex and the City’s

Kristin Davis
in recognition of the media attention she has brought to
the plight of orphaned African elephants impacted by the increase in elephant
poaching for their ivory tusks.

Despite the seriousness of the issues at hand, the evening’s proceedings were
not without humor. Political satirist Bill Maher jump-started the show by using
his trademark New Rules to call for the better treatment of animals. And the
cast of TV Land’s hit comedy Hot in Cleveland, including Betty White, brought
their combined comedic flair to the presentation of The Sid Caesar Comedy Award,
setting the stage for recipient Stephen Colbert to address the audience in his
inimitable fashion, via a video acceptance speech. There was also a nostalgic TV
moment when Betty White was joined on stage by Ed Asner, her co-star in the
seminal ‘70s comedy series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, to present the TV
Documentary Award to National Geographic Channel’s My Child is A Monkey.

“From the first Genesis Awards, in 1986, when Magnum, P.I. was recognized for
the line, ‘It’s wrong to kill dolphins,’ it’s truly amazing, 25 years later, to
look at the variety and caliber of today’s Genesis Award honorees, all of whom
explore animal protection issues in greater depth and with tremendous
creativity,” says Beverly Kaskey, executive producer of the annual Genesis
Awards and senior director of the Hollywood office of The Humane Society of the
United States. “Tonight is a milestone for The Genesis Awards but, more
importantly, it’s a milestone for all animals and their place in the social and
cultural fabric of our daily lives.”

Celebrity presenters and attendees at The 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards
included Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland),
Valerie Bertinelli (Hot in Cleveland), Jane Leeves (Hot in Cleveland), Wendie
Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Emily Deschanel (Bones), Michael Vartan (Hawthorne),
Leona Lewis (Singer), Rene Russo (Thor), Ed Asner (Working Class), James
Cromwell (Secretariat), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck),
Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory), Ryan O’Neal (Bones), Amanda Righetti (The
Mentalist), Olivia Munn (Iron Man 2), Tippi Hedren (CSI: Crime Scene
Investigation), Stephanie Pratt (The Hills), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Hal
Sparks (Queer as Folk), Atticus Shaffer (The Middle), Carrie Preston (True
Blood), Charlotte Ross (Glee), Danny Trejo (Machete), Dr. Birute Galdikas (Born
to Be Wild 3D), Dusty(the dog from True Blood) Elaine Hendrix (Poor Paul),
Constance Marie (George Lopez), Esai Morales (Los Americans), Fivel Stewart
(Logan), Kathy Freston (Author: The Veganist),Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood),
Milow the Girl (Singer/Songwriter), Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist), Persia White
(Girlfriends), Robert Davi (Criminal Minds), Sally Pressman (Army Wives), Sam
Witwer (Being Human), Shorty Rossi (Pit Boss), Lincoln O’Barry (Blood Dolphins),
Tamar Geller (Author: The Loved Dog),Tim Harrison (The Elephant in the Living
Room),Tim Kang (The Mentalist) Wayne Pacelle (HSUS president & CEO), Patrick
Fabian (General Hospital), Lu Parker (KTLA), Katie Cleary (Deal or No Deal) and
Will Estes (Blue Bloods).

The 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards will premiere on Animal Planet on
Saturday, April 30, at 7.00 p.m
., with an encore presentation on Sunday, May
1, at 9.00 a.m


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